In Search of Hip Hop

Straight out of Khartoum comes a short film featuring a collection of young men who call themselves Hip Hop Artists, In Search of Hip Hop, by Issraa El-Kogali offers an inside look at a fresh new wave of creative expression in Sudan. A few years after peace was brokered with South Sudan a boom in live performances and visiting DJs and MCs from Europe and the USA the Hip Hop fire really caught fire in the city of two Niles. The film features live performances, spur of the moment free-styling and footage from the first Sudan Boombox live DJ party in spring of 2010. The film is set against the backdrop of Sudan’s first elections in 24 years. Post separation the film brings to mind questions of freedom of expression and continuity in a severed nation.

This film was produced by Goethe Institute Sudan as a part of Sudan Film Factory’s series Made in Sudan.

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) 2013

In Search of Hip Hop (11 mins, Sudan, 2010) from Issraa El-Kogali on Vimeo.



I am a Sudanese artist working with art installations, photography, film, mixed media, writing and spoken word. My art work has been shown in Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the USA, since I began my career in Sudan in late 2003. "In Search of Hip Hop", my first film, won official selection at Rotterdam and Dubai film festivals in 2013. I'm currently a contributing editor of Agave an online magazine and writing for film, while I prepare for upcoming exhibitions of Nora's Cloth during the winter of 2013/2014. Nora's Cloth is an Ibsen Scholarship award winning project (2011).

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